2014 has just started and guess what my first race for the year is - a 42.195km event! Cebu Marathon was not originally part of my race plans but due to the unfortunate cancellation of this year's edition of the Condura Skyway Marathon, I had to find a worthy alternative.
A few days to my scheduled Cebu trip, I was nursing a bad case of cough and colds (and even mild fever). I was fighting them off with Tuseran Forte, Bioflu, Berocca and warm calamansi juice. I told myself I would push through with the travel but will reserve the decision on doing the marathon once I'm in Cebu already.
Instead of doing maintenance runs a week before Cebu (and since I'm not well enough to run too), I just conditioned my body through other means - a massage at Sesitra Day Spa, stretching at Intercare and bone alignment at Karada. Haha! These treatments were quite expensive but they really felt great and relaxing.
And so unfolds the story of marathon #9 - a story of traveling to a new location and forging new friendships. Once again, I will tell the story through 42 select photos:
|A quick 3-day getaway to Cebu from January 10 to 12. Thanks Cebu Pacific for the discounted airfare!
|Quite a hefty amount for a 42k race registration - I paid Php2200 for the late reg fee.
|Time for lunch! While claiming our kits, I had a quick chat with Ally of Runrio and she told me one recommended restaurant to dine in is Casa Verde. So that's where we headed.
|Casa Verde's known for its large serving of ribs. Our jaw dropped once the plates were sent to our table. For such an affordable price of Php208 we got this heavy plate of ribs goodness! I'm now a Casa Verde fan!
|Just captured the Ayala Center fountain from the vantage point of Casa Verde. Great, relaxing view.
|Viva! Pit Senyor! A small Sto. Nino statue as displayed at the side of the church grounds.
|Sinulog 2014 decorations were everywhere at the Quest Hotel ground floor and lobby.
|We were supposed to have dinner at CNT Ayala Center Food Court but unfortunately the restaurant is closed due to renovations. We opted to buy Cebu's Best Lechon instead and took it to our hotel room.
|Dinner time! Lechon overload!
|SuTuKil's tuna belly is delish! One of my faves!
|Mandatory group pic at the tower. Haha! [Photo courtesy of Nil]
|Who's not following the correct cross leg pose?
|Fort San Pedro is next.
|In my opinion, the Php30 entrance fee they charged really's not worth it. There's nothing much to see inside the small complex.
|We were then off to South Road Properties (SRP) and we checked out a newly constructed church - the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod. Looks like an architectural masterpiece. I love the church design both inside and out.
|Anyone familiar with this font? I like it! The 14 Stations of the Cross spread outside the church grounds bear captions with this font as well.
|Our last stop is Mactan Shrine - a place to commemorate the heroic efforts of Lapu-lapu in fighting the Spaniards led by Magellan.
|By this time, weather was already becoming foul so it was a very quick stop, and we headed back to Ayala Center.
|We had our dinner at Mooon Cafe (yes there are three 'O's). We were all planning to have light dinner but it seems in Cebu, they really don't have a concept of a small serving so were all full again.
|After dinner, we chanced upon Mish, Wes and Rale while they too are having dinner at a nearby restaurant. We said our "good lucks" and "good nights" as race day happens in a few hours.
|Action shot (heavy rain captured) with Syril and Patrick. [Photo courtesy of Darwin Saromines]
|Almost at the finish line!
|We crossed the finish line in about 4 hours and 53 minutes. JP captured this moment as soon as we arrived. Tired but still smiling.
|My solo shot captured by Wyatt. The medal rocks!
|With Team Ninoy/Team Banana. Lol!
|This medal definitely is in my top 3 favorite medals! That guitar design!
|Patrick graciously invited everyone to their home for lunch. This table greeted us upon arrival. Note: there are two types of lechon at the table - one regular and one spicy. The spicy variant is goooood!!
|Everyone's wearing their finisher shirts, except me! Haha not following directions.
|Wyatt, Raphie, Syril and I during the long wait at the airport. All flights were delayed.
|Best buy ever and my pasalubong to the folks at home - 2 kilos of Zubuchon Lechon!
|A day after the race, the official results were out. I ranked 298th out of 1233 marathon runners (~24%). I still consider this a strong marathon finish!
|Thanks to my officemate Paul who lent me his Soleus GPS watch (as mine is defective), I got to track my race performance. Shocked to see we did a sub-5 minute kilometer at the early part of the race!